The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has appointed Wendy Peter as its new general counsel.
She joins from at Allens Arthur Robinson where she practised competition and regulatory law in Melbourne.
Peter focuses on merger and acquisition matters and antitrust litigation. She has years of experience in major cartel investigations and prosecutions as well as investigations by regulatory authorities. She recently represented the Emirates Airline in its defence of price-fixing charges in the air cargo cartel case.
In the merger arena, Peter advised Telecom New Zealand on the sale of its Australian subsidiary AAPT’s consumer division and stake in iiNet. She also acted for OneSteel in its purchase of Anglo-American’s Moly-Corp and AltaSteel business in the Americas.
“Wendy has been our partner since 1990. She is a first-rate competition lawyer and colleague and the ACCC is fortunate to have her,” said head of Allens Arthur Robinson’s competition group Fiona Crosbie. “We are excited for Wendy and we look forward to working with her in her new role.”
Formed in 1995 to administer the Trade Practices Act 1974 (renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 on 1 January 2011) and other acts, the ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in the market-place to benefit consumers, businesses and the community.